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US News Protests: Federal agents stay in Portland, says Trump

13:10  01 august  2020
13:10  01 august  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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that will see a withdrawal of federal agents that were sent to Portland after a courthouse was attacked, but DHS says they are staying until violence stops. the city, despite the fact that they were only deployed in the first place because protests had turned to rioting and damage to federal property.

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Federal agents sent to Portland from Washington will remain in this northwestern city United States until local police call them get rid of "anarchists and agitators," US President Donald Trump said on Friday.

“Homeland Security (Federal Forces) will not leave Portland until local police complete the cleansing (of the city) of anarchists and agitators!” Mr. Trump tweeted.

Federal agents were sent to Portland following numerous anti-racist demonstrations organized in that city, a presence which provoked strong hostility.

Officials in Oregon and the government of Donald Trump agreed on Wednesday to phase out these federal police officers from Thursday, on condition that local police stabilize the situation around the city's federal court and other official buildings targeted by the demonstrations.

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The federal government has said it is trying to restore order in Portland . Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Mayor Wheeler said there Federal agents , deployed by President Trump , have fired tear gas into crowds of demonstrators. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf previously called the protesters a

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that US federal agents will stay in Portland until local law enforcement officials finish a "cleanup of anarchists and agitators".

The agreement provided that the local police would ensure the maintenance of order outside the federal court, at the expense of a few federal agents whose usual mission is to secure the buildings themselves.

The Portland police had begun Thursday to evacuate areas of downtown bordering the court, to prepare for the withdrawal of the Feds.

Hundreds of protesters were still in the streets of downtown early Saturday morning, with no federal agent visible.

Earlier, the Portland police had evacuated the parks and major roads in the center, anticipating the gradual withdrawal of federal forces.

The Democratic Mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, had said the evacuation was part of the agreement between local authorities and the government.

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Donald Trump on Friday threatened protesters in Portland , saying federal police he sent there are ready to use "very strong offensive force." He claims protests and violence there are a result of their shoddy governing, ignoring that many are still protesting because of the death of black Americans at

US President Donald Trump said he would send National Guard troops to quell chaotic protests in “Our people are staying there to see whether they can do it today and tomorrow, and if they don’t do it Federal agents were deployed to Portland earlier this month as part of a new multi- agency task

On Twitter , he thanked the peaceful demonstrators on Friday evening for having "regained possession of a space which has been the scene of violence in order to share their powerful message of reforms and justice".

The death of George Floyd, a black forty-something asphyxiated on May 25 in Minneapolis (north) by a white policeman, triggered huge demonstrations across the United States of racism and police violence.

The mobilization has weakened considerably, but pockets of protest persisted, especially in Portland, clearly marked on the left.

In early July, the Trump administration sent federal intervention teams there, sometimes from customs or border police and sporting a whole military panoply, after weeks of demonstrations against racism and police violence.

Their deployment had the effect of hardening the movement in this city with a long history of protest, in particular after the broadcast of videos showing demonstrators being caught in the streets by federal agents and thrown into unmarked vehicles, and clashes have occurred. took place every night in the vicinity of the federal court.

For the Democrats, these interventions have a strong overtone of a "police state" and are a political strategy to give Mr. Trump, struggling in the polls ahead of the presidential election in November, the image of a president attached to the maintenance of order.

Justice Minister Bill Barr has defended the federal initiative against "violent rioters and anarchists (who) have supplanted legitimate protests" and denied any political motivation.

08/01/2020 09:14:21 - Washington ( AFP ) - © 2020 AFP

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